The XM defaults to its hybrid drive mode, the place it will use the electrical motor as a lot as potential for supplemental efficiency, firing up the gasoline engine when wanted (which, admittedly, is more often than not). You possibly can drive the XM solely underneath electrical energy at speeds as much as 87 mph, however because you’re solely counting on the e-motor’s 194 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque on this setting, do not count on the identical stage of efficiency. There’s additionally an eControl mode, which is analogous to the battery maintain techniques present in different plug-in hybrids, the place you’ll be able to solely run the gasoline engine, and save these candy, candy electrons for an additional time.
Official EPA knowledge continues to be forthcoming, however BMW expects the XM to have a roughly 30 mile electrical driving vary, which is nice however not nice. Bear in mind, although, this hybrid system is extra about offering supplemental oomph than fuel-sippin’ eco driving, and since all that electrical torque is accessible proper from idle, it could possibly present obligatory increase whereas the turbochargers spool up, that means energy supply is instantaneous and rewarding. Severely, flooring this factor while you’re doing 45 mph and you will be cresting authorized speeds within the blink of a watch.
Drive the XM arduous and it will use power recuperation to ship electrical energy again into the battery, which is neat, and sort of an fascinating little reward on your leadfoot tendencies. Like a variety of PHEVs, the XM cannot settle for DC quick charging — it would not make sense given the small lithium-ion pack — however on a Stage 2 charger, the battery can go from 0 to 100% in simply over 3 hours, which actually is not dangerous. There’s even a cute little tote for the charging cable within the XM’s trunk, and because it’s lined and waterproof, you should utilize it for garments or groceries.